Be Prepared to Educate on New Inhaler Devices
The new Qvar RediHaler (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) will replace Qvar...and raise questions about how inhaler devices compare.
Qvar RediHaler is a breath-actuated metered-dose inhaler (MDI), similar to the old Maxair Autohaler (pirbuterol). Patients inhale deeply to pull the aerosol into the lungs...there's no hand-breath coordination.
RediHaler joins a growing list of inhaler devices...Diskus, Ellipta, RespiClick, etc. Rumblings about generics have some skeptics thinking that new devices are rolling out to protect brand-name patents.